It is officially Spring, which means outdoor dining, rosé drinking, trees blooming, and allergies ragging. Try working these 6 foods that fight seasonal allergies into your day, before reaching for more Allegra.
Red grapes contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which is a natural antihistamine. Antihistamine is the stuff your allergy meds are made of to fight off the sneezing, itching, and congestion. Have 1/2 a cup with a handful of almonds for a snack to help keep those symptoms at bay. You can also get your quercetin from apples, dark leafy greens, and raspberries.
Red Bell Peppers are a great source of vitamin C that acts as a strong natural antihistamine. Add peppers to your salads, stir-fry, or dip them into some hummus for a snack. Get in even more vitamin C by including cauliflower, kale, broccoli, oranges, and strawberries into your day.
Fish help to fight allergy symptoms because of their amount of Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Try to eat salmon, tuna, arctic char, mackerel, and other fatty fish at least twice a week.
Probiotics can actually help reduce your allergic reaction to pollen, while working to keep your gut healthy. Start off your morning with 6oz plain Greek yogurt with some berries and nuts, drink kombucha, or take a daily probiotic supplement.
Turmeric has been linked to healing respiratory tissue, fighting inflammation, and helping to clear out mucus in the sinuses…basically all your seasonal allergy symptoms! Drink it as a latte or try these energy balls for the perfect allergy-fighting snack.
Matcha is loaded in catechins, an antioxidant that has been shown to inhibit the release of histamine, helping to stop your allergic reaction before it starts. Sip it iced as the weather heats up.